Birmingham-based supplier, Catering Equipment Ltd, believes it can offer a world first on all of its stainless steel and plastic products.
Director, Anthony Prestage, commented: “With special processes our products can provide extra high levels of hygiene, essential when working in the medical and mass catering markets, and ideally suited for dealing with e coli, norovirus and many other bacterial problems.”
The hygienic treatments are said to give the firm’s products lasting freshness and low levels of bacteria retention. Its manufacturing partners in Italy offer the Abaco thin film antibacterial coating for stainless steel. This is claims to combine the strength and durability of the physical vapour deposition (PVD) process, with nanotechnology.
Prestage explained: “This antibacterial efficiency, certified by precise certified lab tests, is due to the Nano inclusions present in the complex architecture of the multilayer coating, which destroys the bacterial cell membrane by blocking its nutrition and interrupting the cell division cycle.
“The antibacterial action continues throughout the active life of the object and improves over time, due to the physical properties of the coating.”
Furthermore, BioCote technology (silver ions) has been incorporated into Catering Equipment Ltd’s plastic products at the time of manufacture, or applied as a coating shortly afterwards. “The antimicrobial additives provide continuous built-in antimicrobial protection for the expected lifetime of the product,” added Prestage.